Podcast #75 – Restoring University Avenue Parking with Chris Ferguson

university avenue parkingThe podcast this week is a conversation with Chris Ferguson, a University Avenue business owner who is leading the charge on re-adding on-street parking to the street as it runs through Saint Paul and Minneapolis. As you probably know, University avenue is home to the green line light rail line, the Twin Cities’ most recent and most successful transit project.

When they built the train, the planners removed the vast majority of the on-street parking which has made it more difficult for small businesses that don’t have their own separate parking lots. Ferguson and his group, Parking Possibilties MSP, is doing a study and a survey aimed at putting parking back on the street in places and narrowing the road to a smaller configuration. We sat down this week at the Cupcake café in Prospect Park to talk about his project.

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Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.